Microphotographed f by SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SJAMJO'R'D llNTV'E'RSny Birmingham, Alabama Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association v. 1. 1844 v. 11. 1895 v.2. 1856 v. 12. 1896 v. 3. 1873 v. 13. 1897 v.4. 1879 v. 14. 1898 v. 5. 1881 v. 15. 1899 v. 6. 1885 v.7. 1886 v. 16. 1900 v. 8. 1887 v. 9. 1889 v. 10. 1892 V MINUTES SIXTY-FIFTH ,ANNUAL SESSION -OP THE— Mulberry Baptist Association, HELD Rehoboth Church, Bibb County, Alabama, September 88th and 80th, 1892. m u.< u»'| 'frt'WkW. J. M. Langston, Moderator Six Mile, Ala. R. M. Honevcutt, Clerk Jemison, Ala. The next session will he held with Providence Church, Chilton County, Ala , oh Saturday he/ore the fourth Sunday in September, iSpj. MONTGOMERY, ALA. THB ALABAMA PRINTING COMPANY. 1882. CtiTOBR OF BVStNBSS. Itawtfoftat «x%r$btt tvrito \torttoNt w m rt w ra *» *»**. JLMtiM ^ W aW «MM»itt««lk CM tor itpert of tfwtfiwg w««iiW*»> NAMB9 AN© FOST OFFICES OF ORDAINRD MINISTERS. < Aft. S8lM# .,.>■■■>> I I I ■'! 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Pounds as reading committee The names of the churches was then called, the letters read, and the names of the delegates enrolled as fol- lows; ^*^«^-L R hM»fel W. Gwtry, J JT. Bieka, J. T, CUlia*, David ^fe^*?*^.—^ X Mania, *W A. Mi»s. *W lx Mania. r An,,sw *—J_-"„i-«««SN», SntiMt SniriMsvan, J. W. Finrir— n,. *W N Laww axefe, *W. B. Thorna* M. D. Laagsoan, *M. F. M«nea&ju&Z7TlX fW" H^^^TcIb*^ 5to0TCaiU * T * ,, "* S Ckajw » *J W. — til. Juan mJUST* 1 S *** B8f9 -* 1 X ****», W. L. Bwd^bW. J. JL. Ro4cm. IX F ^S^S^T* 1 * ^aaajuplau, *». A. Seal*. R M Hobwt^wl *J J. Law- c ^fai»Jw.S*--W. Y. Xix. *J. p. STix. *Atannder riw,,^ *w. W. Ufeetuy Bill— W. A. W«*»d, J. X. WsMsasa*, Xwaa Utttejoaa. The Association then proceeded to the election of officers, and on motion, J. M. la n gs ton and R. M. Honeycutt, the former Moderator and dark, were re-elected by acclamation. Visiting brethren were' then invited to seats with as. Churches were then invited to unite with us. Enon church, Bibb countv. presented a tetter and delegates, which was received into our union. Names of the delegates present— F. M. Arnold and S. L. Johnson. Asked for correspondence. On motion, it was agreed to hare a sermon each day of this session at it a, m. A committee was then appointed by the Moderator as a Devo- tional committee, consisting of W. Y. Nix, F. M. Arnold, and the deacons of Rehoboth church. The following special committees were then announced- On Finance— W. Y. Nix, J. T. Smitherman andZ. J. Jones- on Documents— A. J. Lee, M. M. I«angston, J. N Williams; on Nominations— Sutton Smitherman, \\\ B. Crosby, S. L. John- The committee on Home Religion offered their report, which was read, and on motion to adopt, was discussed by L. B Pounds. On motion, further discussion was postponed until to-morrow morning. The Devotional committee then made the following report, which was adopted : Prayer meeting to-morrow at 8:30 a. m.[ conducted by Sutton Smitherman: preaching at 11 by R. m' Honeycutt. Homes for the delegates during the session was then an- nounced, and on motion, the Association adjourned until to-mor- row at 9 a. m. SECOND DAY. The prayer meeting was conducted by Bro. Smitherman, who read the 113th Psalm. The service was enjoyed by many, and we believe resulted in good for the cause of Christ. The Association commenced business at 9 by calling the roll and marking absentees . Called for correspondence: Eld. W. J Ruddick was received from the Unity Associaton . ^ The following resolution was adopted: Resolved, That we authorize and instruci any of our members when vis- iting other Associations to present themselves as corresponding messengers The report of the committee on Home Religion was again taken up and discussed by brethren Sutton Smitherman, William A. Wood and others. The report was then adopted . REPORT ON HOME RELIGION. Wr. your committee on Home Religion, offer the following report: Brethren, we feel that this subject is one above many oth.>r subjects We feel that there is need of more home religion. We should so Jive that our neighbors could see the light of our religion. If we would have an influ- ence abroad we must practice religion at home. How can we claim to be disciples of Christ and not live religious at home? The Master hatb said if we would be his disciples we must denv ourselves take up our cross and fol- low him. How can we pray and sing awav from home wh-n we neglect this at home? We should have more religion at home every dav, and then our influence would be stronger abroad, and in our church and Sabbath- school. Respectfully submitted, Alex Glasscock, Chairman . The report of the committee on Temperance and Prohibition was then read, and on motion to adopt, was discussed by Sutton Smitherman, and on motion the business was suspended for the 1 1 o'clock sermon, and the brother who was appointed proceeded to address the people, and was listened to attentively for a short time while he discussed Eph. 2:10, after which a recess was taken for dinner. At 1 p. m. the body resumed business again, and the discussion of the report on Temperance was continued by S . M . Adams, W. J . Ruddick and others, and then adopted as follows: REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. We vour committee on Temperance and Prohibition, offer the following report' y Brethren, we realize that there is much involved in the subject of Tempe'ranS We should be temperate in all things. We as Chnst,ans, «hm,Vd^e temperate in talking; we should be very careful how we speak. Brethren we Jh o use tobacco should be temperate in the use of it We S^tWs^leThe house of God almost disgraced with the use of tobacco. ThTs11™"tLXto.^eBU^>o». Bro Moderator and brethren, that the £& Mint to get at is strong arink. Brethren, we are sorry to report on Thin subtect We believe that blind tiger whisky is being sold all over this count"? We have evidence of this fact, and we fear that members of the chureh who profess to be the disciples of Christ, are patronizing those thirds and th4rehv destroying their influence as Christians Brethren for the °Sui of our Master and for the good of our country, this ought not to be TefSs al Christians, remember that our Lord has said « I any man will come afteTme let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. May the grace of the Lord Jesu, in our hearts help us to overcome this evil and be temperate in all things. 1 Respectfully submitted, . Sutton Smitherman, Chairman. The following resolutions as an amendment to the report on temperance, were adopted : Resolved, That we as Baptists will not drink intoxicating drinks as a bev- "2nd That we will not vote for any man for office," State or County, office of honor or profit, who is accustomed to getting drunk. The committee on State and Home Missions were called on for their report, which was submitted and adopted, after discussion by L. B. Pounds and others: REPORT ON STATE AND HOME MISSIONS. In taking consideration of the.importance of State Mission work in view of the rapid increase of population, the springing up of many new towns, where vice and idolatry runs riot, together with many yet unsuphed sec- tions whlre the glorious message of eternal life is not fully made known we may say thaf with consideration before us, that we can but urge the brethren of the Mulberry Association to awake to a realization of the duty that rests upon Tthem of coming up to the help of those who are straining every nerve w spread the message of truth among those even of our own ^Brlthren ^neeXYtefnow the condition of those destitute places to see^the great Importance of contributing to the means of sending our best nfeacLrstnto^Kse strongholds of satin, to battle against the powers of Sn anrdarkness A nd while we are the recipients of the gospel in our own vicinUies can wewithhold the helping hand from those who are yet more ne We y *n-ust sustain those who are willing to face the opposition for the sake of our Messed Master and the salvation of the souls of our fellow ^men. Those dear brethren must be sustained by those that ar « ^J. ^' as tD6y dn not as vet know or appreciate the message of our Lord s gospel. Brethren Tlbe promise of the Lord is that, if we give that it shall be re- turned lS us abundantly increased, good measure, pressed down, heaped up and running over. Then let us consecrate ourselves, our means and our all that we have to the Master's cause. B ^^ ^^ The committee on Foreign Missions made their report, as fol- lows, which was adopted: F REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. Your committee on Fore'gn Missions submit the following- Dear brethren : From the best information that we can set the cai-se of Christ nn w a -in g WODd f rful u pr ^ ress in forei * n land «- Ten^earfaTo tnere were on v ,40 converts to the Baptist faith, no church; now we hav f 73 churches with a membership of 141,513: is not that wonderful? cnurches Dear brethren, why not push this grand work forward seeing the I^rd in blessing cur efforts" Let us, therefore, work more elTestlv wLn we know that those poor creatures who worship idols can never get to heave* le" ul therefor , strive the more earnestly to teach them the way and plan of' sal va tion. ,ay God incline our hearts to do sd, is the nray^Tyou P r commTtteS: Respectfully submitted, A. J Lee Chairman. The report of the committee on Periodicals was read, and after discussion by S. M. Adams, J. M. Langston and others, was adopted, as follows: REPORT ON PERIODICALS. w° U u 9. 0mm l ttee on Periodicals would offer the following- We believe that one of the moving powers of the world to-dav is in neri odical literature, and that the opinionV of people are often moulded P a "d shaped by what they read. Put first, last, and all the time, we would most %*%? ivK r , eCOn r e . nd t0 u the l aint8 ' an hone8t < c » r « f «l and pTaveTful sSdy of the Bible. We fear that the Bible is too often supplanted bv periodicals though good in their place. While the world may' move with wonSul' rapidity, yet the Bible is ever abreast with the times wonderful To those who wish to know what the Baptists of Alabama are doing we £oXTnVn h ~i AL M AMA BaP " 8T 7otho8e who wi8h ■» k ««P Ported on M°aior J Journal M,8810n8 ' we recommend Our Home Field and^ Foreign M JL°^ r i SUDda ^ 8Rhool T 8 we recommend The Southern Baptist Convention ^l?l L leBa0 ? help8 J D conclu «on we say read all books and periodicals iSg the Bibfe " tbe W ° rld ' S h ° pe ' and that wiU aid us i°S2 Respectfully submitted, . Z. J. Jones. Committee on Nominations made their report, as follows- REPORT ON NOMINATIONS. We recommend that the place of our next meeting be with Providence ' wn PCh irSS. lt T n M U ? ty ' a ? d "I"* Satu i: day beforethe^thS^ndaV?n8ept! 1S!U Elder J. M. Langston to preach the Introductory Sermon- LB ^S^SSS.u*;. Tff ESSJST^SJS? " d " l4at "° the 8 °" th S. Smitherman, Ch'n. Report adopted. The report of the Committtee on Finance, as follows: Received for minutes $ 2 ~ ^ for missions '.'.'.!'.'".".'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. ... T.V... ... 2 00 Total • , : SkToo W. Y. Nix, Cbairman. Report adopted. On motion the clerk was ordered to have 6oo copies of these minutes printed and that he receive ten dollars for his services. The report of the committee on Sabbath-Schools was then read and adopted, as follows: REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. The Sabbath school is a place where every member of the church can find a place to accomplish some good work for the cause of Christ. It is a place where the old can meet and study God's Word, and also impart the knowl- edge thus gained lo the yonng. The mission of the Sabbatb-school is to assist God's people in gaining knowledge. To scatter Bible truths abroad over the land. To disseminate relieious literature, and finally to save souls for Christ We are proud to note the fact that more interest is bping manifesed in this good work for the last few ye"»rs than was formerly the case. It shows that the people are being more fully aroused to their duty than they were before. The Sabbath school workers are laboring with more zeal and earn- estness. The scholars and attendants have become more enthused with the spirit of Christ .■■««-.'■,« , • ^ We have in our Association a 8abbath School Convention which meets regularly, where the Sabbath-school workers meet together and discuss the work cf the Sabbath-School and devif e plans by which the y can more suc- cessfully perform this work for the Master. It is a great pleasure to attend the meetings of this convention, foi there we learn what a grand work is being done for the Lord through this agency. .„ - „ . Much good may be accomplished and many good results will follow where the people will take hold of this work with the zeal and earnestness that they should. , . ■'. -, . .„. To attend and assist in this work is a duty every member of the church should feel impressed with, for by this part of Christ's work as much as any other may sinners be brought to see the light and influence of the Christian people, and oy this means they may also be brought to see and feel that Christ is their Saviour, and learn what He would have them do to inherit eternal life. . ■ __ ... „ ', In conclus : on we would say to those engaged in this work we bidyouUod . speed, and to those who are not engaged witn us, come and join us, we assure von God will bless you, and you will feel better by having done His will. " May kind Providence send.his choicest blessings on all who are engaged in the Sabbath-school work. ■ Respectfully submitted, D. C. Hubbard, Ch'n. The committee's report on Ministerial Education was then re- ceived, and adopted: REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. Your committee on Ministerial Education submit the following: We think no better investment could be made than to give this cause our most hearty support. If the heathen are to be saved at all, they are to be saved by the preached gospel, and as long as there is anxious young men that are unprepared we think it to be our duty to help. We are made to believe when we think of this fast age, that they will be unprepared to do much good, unless they are educated. To preach means to teach and how can a man teach that he don't know. We feel truly thankful to God for what has already. been accomplished by the Board of Ministerial Education. We recommend the hearty co-operation of this Association with the Board of Ministerial Education. w fi ^^ Ch , Q The Moderator then announced the following STANDING COMMITTEES. On Home Religion— J. T. Collins, M. F. Lawley. A. W. Gentry. Temperance and Prohibition— R. 8. Jones, David Johnson, John E. Jones. 6 Stat*. Home and Foreign Missions— M. D. Langston, Sutton 8mitbennan, J C Hicks Periodicals— A. L. Foshee, W. H Oonwav, VV. H. Shaw. Sabbath-schools— A. G'ataock, J Bice, J P. Gentry. Ministerial Education — '/.. J. Jones, W. Y. Nix. Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be tendered to Rehoboth church and friends for their kindness to us during the tiii* we have been wiih them. M. D. Lanustok. The Association having finished the business of its session, ad- journed to meet with Providence church, five miles north of Jem- ison, Chilton county, Ala., on Saturday before the 4th Sunday in September, 1893. J. M. LANGSTON, Moderator, R. M. Honeycutt, Clerk, Six Mile, Ala. Jemison, Ala. DISTRICT MEETINGS. The next meeting of the first district of this Association will be held with Mars Hill Church on Friday before the first Sunday in August, 1893. The introductory sermon by Sutton Smithermon, J. M. Langston, alternate. Subjects. — 1st. Is it the duty of all the members of the church to pay their part in the support of their church > ' Opened by T . J. Hicks. 2nd. Should a church call a pastor for an indefinite time or not? Opened by J M. Gothard and.W. Y. Nix. 3rd. Is it the duty of all Christians to exercise in public? Opened by J. C. Hicks and A. Glasscock. 4th. What constitutes a call to the ministry? Opened by L. B Pounds and S. D. Posey. The next meeting of the second district will be held with Min- eral Spring church, commencing on Friday before the 4th Sunday in July, 1893. David A. Seals to preach the introductory sermon, A. Li Foshee, alternate. Subjects — 1st. The Apostles prayed, "Lord increase our faith." Does the individual Christian aid by his efforts in bring- ing about this increase of faith ? And, if so, what may he do to promote the increase of faith? Opened by VV. B. Crosby and Jonathan Bice. 2nd. Is it the privilege and duty of Christians to live up to the teachings of the Sermon "on the Mount? Opened by W. D. Mar- tin and J VV. Maddox, Jr. 3rd. Is water baptism essential to the salvation of the believer in Christ? Opened by \V. H. Conway. 4th. Is it right for a church to have a preacher ordained to the work of the gospel ministry who cannot read the Scripture intel- ligibly; if not, what should be done for him ? Opened by W. N. Johns and W. H.Shaw. STATISTICS OF MULBERRY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION— 1892. CHURCHES. COUNTY PASTOR. CLERK. *LERK'S P. O. •8 E .4 r fine' re by Deer's by. IJ a, a 1 31 * 8 [I « 11 J a. e ,1 4) P £$ a. c 5 X m - 03 «5 % $ • Antioch iBibb Center Hill Not represented. Collins Chapel (Chilton Liberty Hill. Chilton -Macedonia , Mars Hill. Mineral Springs New Salem Pleasant firove .Pleasant Hill Providence Rehoboth jBibb. Hhadv Orove 'Bibb ... Waxahatohee j Not represented. Enon iBibb Chilton Chilton Chilton Chilton . Chilton Not represented. Chilton Total S. M. Adams.. Z. J. Corley .. . Randolph. . A.Wood B. Pounds .... M . Langston . . , A. Wood M Honeycutt. E Champion M. Honeycutt. 189' 16! 6 ! Samuel Pate Jemison 78..'. iFelta Eiland Strassburg 42 5 8. E. Waldrop 0. W. (iothard D. P. Martin.. CW. Hill Z. J. Jones M. Ho'ieycutt.. M. Adams , L. Hicks II. W. Mitchell. Randolph I 95 Jemison 82 76 10. r ) 1 .95 2 Jemison Strassburg Randolph W. H. Shaw Duke's Switch 140 M. F. Lawley Randolph I 104 90 M.J. Payne Randolph. F. M. Arnold Six Mile.. 10% 42 29 8 206 8 ... 2 ... 8 ... 21 22, 9 XI 4. r . HI 83 71 "95 UK 13 115 142 . 99 104 ::( 12 10*6 40J828 FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF MULBERRY BAPTIST AS- SOCIATION— 1892 CHI'RCHES. Antioch Collins Chapel ... Liberty Hill. Macedonia Mars Hill Mineral Springs New Salem Pleasant Grove... Providence Rehoboth Shady Grove . . . Enon s c _, a! 1 * Oh CI fS SSL o s *l >. c s 3 > < f. 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